If you like Hong Kong food, the newly opened Starz Kitchen @ Pavilion may be just the place for you. Commencing business last month (on a trial run), this restaurant founded by Hong Kong singing stars, Alan Tam and Hacken Lee, had its official opening last week (20 March 2015).
But the overall dish was very small in terms of portion size (even a small eater can easily finish 2 small bowls).
The siew yoke version here is more on the lean side with a slightly crispy skin but sodium-lacking in taste. Let's just say the flavour is 'cleaner' (or bland to some). We won't be singing praises about it as there are a lot better ones than this. Plus, you won't be very happy when you see that the prices for an individual order of siew yoke or char siew is RM25 (and RM40 for a combo of 2 meats).
You'll find these condiments of soy sauce, vinegar, pepper and a fresh chilli paste on the table.
The fresh chilli paste is not the usual tasting chilli-garlic sauce that we're accustomed to with our barbecued meats. This one I didn't like at all...it tasted one-dimensional....seriously spicy!
I've had Hong Kong-type milk tea before but didn't enjoy it but this Hot Milk Tea @ RM5.90, surprisingly I liked.
Although it was dinner on a weekend night, service was attentive but slow even when the restaurant was like half full. The wait staff kept coming back to check our order chit but yet my noodles took a long time to arrive.
#A Side Story:
And the funny thing was, I saw the waitress clearing the sugar sticks from our table (my milk tea came with 3 sticks and I used just one). Although I didn't physically see her put the sugar sticks back but, when I turned around, it wasn't in her hands anymore. I suspect she did salvage the sugar sticks, otherwise why clear just that and not our empty plates? This act made them look a bit cheapskate to me...I hope it was worth it for just 2 sticks of raw sugar!! Even if they had wanted to do that, they should have been more discreet (like let the customer leave first before clearing everything from the table).
After spending close to RM70 (though I wouldn't say that the amount was alarmingly high but it kind of is for just 3 small portions of food), we still left with half empty (or half full) stomachs (we could have easily eaten another 3 portions and still be not full). We got ourselves a pretzel, 3 curry puffs and a packet of nasi lemak on our way home...that was how hungry we still were! T_T
My Personal Opinion
Most of the single orders of noodles, congee and rice are priced around RM13 - RM18...on hindsight, these may seem even reasonable (taking into consideration the 'upmarket' look of the place). But, I think the prices will still be a talking point for many...because of the small portion sizes. I'm ok with the prices being slightly on the upper end (because of the dining comfort and environment)....but the food has got to be able to entice us to begin with...and the few that I've tasted sadly didn't :'(
My initial assessment is that the flavours are not bold and punchy enough and (so) the place would probably appeal to those who prefer their food to be more subtle in flavour...or those who are 'die-hard' fans of Alan Tam and Hacken Lee, perhaps.
However, I shall refrain from passing judgement (for now) since I've not tasted their other well known specialities...and that's their congee and dim sum.
Let's just say we weren't off to a great start....with the noodles and BBQ meat...ouch!! But, at such prices and portion sizes, I'm not sure if I'll want to come back! :p
Lot 7.01.02 Level 7 Pavilion KL
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang
55100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2110 6383